If you or someone you know has an implanted heart defibrillator they should be warned that the magnets in the iPad Smart Cover are strong enough to deactivate the defibrillator.
This news came out as the result of a 14 year old student’s science project, and it has received a lot of attention from the medical community. So much so that this 14 year old has been invited to speak to 8000 doctors at a Heart Rhythm Society meeting.
Apparently, if you are curled up all comfy with your iPad, start to doze off and lay the iPad face down on your chest, the magnets in the cover can actually cause the defibrillator to malfunction or even shut off.
I’m sure we’ll hear more about this. But in the meantime, if you know someone with a defibrillator, it would be a good idea to let them know about this concern. It is safe to use an iPad, holding it at the typical ‘using distance’. The caution: don’t fall asleep with it laying on your chest!